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A close-knit New Zealand family run the most successful scare park in the Southern Hemisphere; facing their fears so others can face theirs.

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Florian Habicht
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Cast

Credited cast:
Claudia Aiono Claudia Aiono
Huia Apiata Huia Apiata
Barbara Armstrong Barbara Armstrong
Juneen Borkent Juneen Borkent
Jacob Graham Jacob Graham
Cameron Judson Cameron Judson
Orlando Kovati Orlando Kovati
Lanu Lilo Lanu Lilo
David Palu David Palu
Yvette Papesch Yvette Papesch
Lomaks Tangihaer Lomaks Tangihaer
Jemall Tukiri Jemall Tukiri
Julia Tukiri Julia Tukiri
Andy Watson Andy Watson
Beth Watson Beth Watson
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As night falls at Spookers, dozens of seemingly ordinary people become freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns. Every weekend come rain, hail or shine, this diverse group of amateur performers unite to terrify punters at the southern hemisphere's largest scream park, situated in a former psychiatric hospital. Director Florian Habicht reveals the transformative and paradoxically lifesaving power of belonging to a community that celebrates fear.

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A family like no other

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (Canada) See more »

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Spookers See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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AUD 911,000 (estimated)
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Madman Production Company See more »
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D-Cinema 96kHz 5.1

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Some of the photographs of the film are actors whom performed at Corn Evil in Marton, which Andy and Beth Watson ran from 1999 - 2007. The actors from Corn Evil in Marton were not considered by the filmmakers to be interviewed in the film. See more »

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Not what I expected
7 January 2018 | by asitwas-40609See all my reviews

Would certainly have been good if it won the Berlinale because I can see it having a good affect on Germans but I think it will work its magic now on however it needs to. There's something special going on in New Zealand. An imaginative and thought provoking film about mental health and scaring. Australasia's largest scare park 'Spookers', is housed in an ex-psychiatric hospital and run by an eccentric farming family. Spookers has become a magnet for talented misfits who scare people for a living.

During the first part of the doco I thought of the potential harm from people getting together and allowing themselves to do freaky things like how cults can breed accumulative contagious collective hysteria. But then throughout the doco I learned that this was not the case with these particular horror performers because they get together and share their fears and dark secrets in a place where their is love (acceptance and trust). They have let the light shine in to bring an awareness, as this film has done.

The walls of Spookers are like the relics of the Berlin Wall which serve to remind us of our progression from basically a prison institution to an educational institution. From a torture chamber to a therapy practice. How can that be disrespectful? It used to be a place of many sick people which was created and put there by sick people, and now it is a place of healing and a humorous celebration of positive change. There's a very similar place in Vienna which is well worth documenting called the Arena which used to be a huge slaughter house and now a place for music + culture. They have big acts there. Was Leonard Cohen's favorite place in Europe.

The director has a talent of making people feel comfortable to strip off in front of the camera...was incredible how brave and honest they all were. They were all so comfortable to be so naked and raw. "My husband looks past my faults and see's me for who I really am". That scene best summed up my Spookers experience. How my initial scared goose bumps were then rubbed away with a funny love lotion. There were so many moments that made my heart smile. Not what I expected from 'a horror.'

Sebastian


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